February’s Arts Walk Primer

Fairbanks Gallery, Divan 8.2.71 Mapped by Kevin TindallSlated for Feb. 18, this month’s Corvallis Arts Walk sees Corvidopolis artist Chris Adams opening a new place called Foundry Annex. We’ve featured his work on our covers more than once, so you know what we think of his work. Also, that sprawling building at 4th and Madison gets a new addition, the Living Room Gallery, though no other info was available about that at press time.

The Corvallis Advocate Loft takes the month off this go-round, as does The Majestic and Karen Wysopal. Below we’ve detailed what to expect in roughly west-to-east fashion.

FAIRBANKS ART GALLERY • 220 SW 26th St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Nigel Poor, The San Quentin Prison Report Archive Project. A collaboration between artist Poor and the men from San Quentin State Prison. Inkjet prints with handwritten text. Runs through March 1.

THE ARTS CENTER • 700 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Kaitlyn Wittig Menguc will present her performance art piece, Wake. The departed in this instance will be a tree, though the steps of a regular wake are involved: arrival, portraits, a toast, food. Depending on the audience, Wittig Mengüç may perform the piece multiple times.  Also, ecologist Dr. Mark Harmon makes wood block research samples available to create an ever-changing interactive mosaic. The mosaic will be time-lapsed photographed and the result posted on TAC’s social media. Some blocks will be available as mementos.

JEFF HESS STUDIO • 460 SW Madison Ave., Ste. 16 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Shannon Weber’s work is unique and thought-provoking. Her work transcends simple materials, in this instance burnt wood and sea weed. Jeff Hess says that some of this artist’s pieces evoke what feel like primitive memories and other pieces look like musical chords.

POPTART • 460 SW Madison Ave., Ste. #7  • 5 to 8 p.m.
Unlucky in Love. Poptart and Ugly Art Room present an anti-Valentine’s Day group art show along with $25 tattoos, a photo booth, and snacks and libations by Corvallis Brewing Supply. Check out www.uglyartroom.com for artist information.

LIVING ROOM GALLERY • 425 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.
At press time, a grand opening is scheduled somewhere in this sprawling building, but there are no other details. We’re intrigued.

STUDIO262 • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. H-1 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Opening reception for Gifts from the Sea, new intricate glass and ceramic sea-inspired works by Rinee Merritt and Annclaire Greig. Also preview a poster compilation of the Studio262 Love Notes installation—continue to share community thoughts.

ArtWorks GALLERY (CEI) • 408 SW Monroe Ave., Ste. 110 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Ethnographer Dana Reason. An assemblage of ethnographies and sounds, this collection primarily documents practices in experimental, creative, contemporary, and post-1960s jazz music. This collection of audio recordings is part of a larger research project, The Myth of Absence: Representation, Reception, and the Music of Experimental Women Improvisers (available at Columbia University Jazz Studies Online, http://jazzstudiesonline.org).

FOUNDRY ANNEX • 354 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.
New gallery opening. Expect celebration, view work in their new creative studio. The opening features their February show in the Micro Gallery, work by local artist Corvidopolis.

LAUREL THOMPSON & RACHEL URISTA STUDIO •  340 SW 2nd St., #12  • 4 to 8 p.m.
This month, these artists are showing work from their hearts with a new studio mural and abstract paintings on display. Rachel Urista will be showcasing Painting with Wild Abandon, an ongoing series of intuitive paintings, expressive and abstract, with an edgy quality. Come see her unique style up close. Laurel Thompson will be working on a new mural on the studio walls. Mural live-painting, 6 to 8 p.m. with Thompson, which sounds awesome.

BRITTNEY WEST STUDIO •  340 SW 2nd St., #3 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Brittney West invites you into her art studio where you can browse over a decade of oil paintings, mixed media drawings, and experimental pieces such as her recent oil painting on an antique silver platter. Get to know more about her process and inspiration, and browse through her Eco-Prints for sale.

AZURE FINE ART GALLERY • 341 SW 2nd St., Ste. 3 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Chinese New Year. Come celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Red Monkey King. In the spirit of clearing out the old, they are offering discounts on past work along with mischievous new Chinese and monkey-inspired work.

CYRANO’S • 361 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Pushing the beginning of spring, they have bright new journals, fun colors and patterns. Bright and Light Jewelry for Spring and Summer by Elaine. Take part in a make-and-take, and learn how to make a paper German bell.

KALEIDOSCOPE • 341 SW 2nd St.• 4 to 8 p.m.
Celebrate Purple. This venue says forget pink and red, February is the month for purple. Mardi Gras, amethyst, even lovely early-blooming crocus. At Kaleidoscope, they’ll have art on their walls by a variety of local artists, all with purple. While there, you can vote for your favorite entries in their Passionate About Purple bead challenge.

PEGASUS GALLERY • 341 SW 2nd St.• 4 to 8 p.m.
The Cascades Workshops Exhibit with painters Mark Allison and Bill Shumway, celebrating 20 years of workshops in Sisters near Metolius and Clear Lake.

ART IN THE VALLEY • 209 SW 2nd St.• 4 to 8 p.m.
Guest artist Kat Sloma has created a series of 30 works of art from one photographic image. The results are reportedly spectacular. Reception for this special exhibit, along with work by  member artists of this co-op gallery.

STUDIO BEATRICE • 230 NW 6th St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Guest artist Jenny Armitage will show watercolors from places you may have been (or maybe not). She will also bring whimsical polymer sculptures. Music from Marshall Adams. Kathi will offer a taste of Spindrift wine.

For more info, visit www.corvallisartswalk.com.

By Rob Goffins